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Cowboys Reporter Ed Werder Rehired by ESPN After Being Laid Off

ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 19:  Television reporter Ed Werder at AT&T Stadium on October 19, 2014 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Who says you can't go home?

On Monday, ESPN and Ed Werder took that old Bon Jovi song to heart.

Werder, an NFL reporter for ESPN from 1998 to 2017 who saw himself laid off in the Great ESPN Massacre of that year, has rejoined the network as a Dallas-based bureau reporter.

The reporter was among the approximately 100 employees fired by ESPN in a 2017 cutback by the network, and is the first of that wave of dismissals to return. Werder is now expected to appear on various programs on the network, including SportsCenter, and cover more than just football.

ESPN is getting back a respected and established reporter with plenty of NFL knowledge just ahead of the 2019 season.

There are a ton of Dallas Cowboys storylines for Werder to report on this season, including the contract situations of quarterback Dak Prescott, wide receiver Amari Cooper, and the holdout of running back Ezekiel Elliott.

This homecoming surely seems like a win for ESPN. The football coverage on the network has seen much turnover in recent years, and that has not necessarily been a good thing.